Acclaimed skydiver Amy Chmelecki joined the group, who braved -25C temperatures at 6,000m above Eloy in the Arizona desert to officially break the world record for number of women skydivers linked in a vertical formation – in layman’s terms, 65 women linked arms and flew head first towards the ground at terminal velocity.
The skydivers spent just under a week training and attempting to break the record, but it wasn’t until the 16th jump on Sunday morning that it all came together. “Making a world record is not easy,” Chmelecki said. “That’s why it’s a world record. It’s not going to be given to us, we had to work really hard for this.”
Before the attempt, the world record stood at 63 for an all-woman formation with Chmelecki part of the first vertical world record with only eight women in the early 2000s.
Australian diver Jill Grantham was also involved in the record.